YouTube down due to DDoS Cyber Attack


YouTube streaming witnessed a 1-hour downtime in the early hours of Wednesday. So, people in many countries including Europe, US, Asia Pacific, and South America couldn’t stream their favorite videos due to the disruption.

Reports are now in that a team of hacktivists named ‘The Ghost Squad Hackers’ was responsible for the downtime caused on the Google-owned Youtube servers.

They disclosed to the world by self-boasting about the disruption on Twitter this morning without providing valid proof to their claim.

Google has so far remained tight-lipped on the disruption. But said that it was working on resolving the issue.

Readers of Cybersecurity Insiders have to notify a fact over here that the Ghost Squad Hackers have a history of cyber attacking the servers of CNN previously. They are also known to deface many other Afghan websites in 2016- including Bank of Israel and the website owned by Israeli Prime Minister.

As they preferred tactic is to launch distributed denial of service attacks(DDoS), security analysts suggest that the same cyber warfare tactic might have been used by them to disrupt YouTube last night.

Some of the Twitter users reported that services such as YouTube, YouTube TV, and YouTube Music were down for them for almost two hours last night. They said that the homepage of YouTube was either showing no videos or displayed a network error when being accessed via the mobile app.

Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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